Banded Pipefish

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Doryrhamphus dactyliophorus - (Bleeker, 1853)
Banded Pipefish

This pipefish is often reluctant to accept anything but live foods. Scott W. Michael

[edit] Overview

This extremely attractive pipefish is common in the aquarium trade, but should only be purchased by those aquarists willing to spend the time and money to feed and maintain it.

Family: Syngnathidae

Other common name(s):

  • Ringed Pipefish

Native range:

Maximum length: 20 cm (8 in)

Minimum aquarium size: 38 L (10 gal)

Water: Marine 24 °C (297 K, 75 °F) - 28 °C (301 K, 82 °F)

[edit] Feeding

Live foods to try include adult brine shrimp, mysid shrimp, Daphnia, mosquito larvae, baby guppies and mollies, and live ghost shrimp. Some individuals may accept frozen mysid shrimp over time.

[edit] Aquarium Compatibility

It may have trouble competing with pugnacious tankmates for food, and will not survive in a competitive community environment. If bullied, it will hide constantly. Choose its tankmates very carefully.

[edit] Special Care

Provide it with suitable shelter sites like an overhang or a cave.

[edit] Notes

This species is better suited for the reef aquarium than most of its congeners, because of its less reclusive nature.

Reference: A PocketExpert Guide to Reef Aquarium Fishes
Image credit: SWM
Text credit: SWM
Facts about Banded PipefishRDF feed
Common name Banded Pipefish  +, and Ringed Pipefish  +
Family Syngnathidae  +
Genus Doryrhamphus  +
Image credit SWM  +
Maximum length 8 in  +
Minimum aquarium size 10 gal  +
Native range Indo-Pacific  +, Red Sea  +, East Africa  +, Samoa  +, Japan  +, and Australia  +
Reference A PocketExpert Guide to Reef Aquarium Fishes  +
Specific name dactyliophorus  +
Text credit SWM  +
Water max temp 301 K (28 °C, 82 °F)  +
Water min temp 297 K (24 °C, 75 °F)  +
Water type Marine  +